Contemporary Care Dentistry excels at providing dental crowns and bridges. Our patients have a number of material selections and our doctors will recommend the proper material for the clinical situation. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg either!
Examples of Materials
Porcelain on Zirconium
Cast Metal Crowns
A Zirconium crown and bridge
Made in the USA
All of our crown and bridges are made in dental laboratories located within the United States, if not locally or in house. We only utilize ADA Approved and Certified materials and we require certificates of authenticity indicating the brand, location of manufacture, and molecular / elemental breakdown for every prosthetic we deliver to our patients
Under NO circumstances will you have a “black line” around your crown. Anyone that has had a crown in the past is familiar with the infamous “black line” around the gum. There are many reasons for this,
to the metal that was used beneath the porcelain in “old school” porcelain fused to metal crowns (PFMs)
Feel free to request these certifications
Interestingly, Zirconium is a biocompatible metal that can be sintered into an aesthetic similar to dental teeth. It has been used in human prosthetics for years prior to being utilized in the dental field.
Besides Zirconium, we do not use any metals in our fixed prosthetics, unless requested, and only then we will utilize precious metals
Zirconium has the benefits of being both extremely wear resistant, and quite aesthetic. The aesthetics can be improved, for instance, by adding a layer of porcelain on top of the zirconium. We can also use a block of zirconium that has a “gradient” or change in color from top to bottom.
At the end of the day, the options are limitless, and the best lab technicians these days are experts at graphic design and using CAD/CAM applications – times have changed
Pictures of more material options
This type of Zirconia does not have porcelain layered on top, but rather the block the prosthetic is milled from has a gradient of shades from top to bottom
Full Cast Metal (Gold) Crowns:
They are not requested very often these days, but there are properties of gold that make it very attractive to dentists from the clinical perspective. Before we had Zirconium, gold was the go-to material for patients that ground their teeth or suffered from Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)
In House Laboratory
Having an in-house laboratory allows us to rapidly turn around many dental procedures for our patients. Over time, more and more of our dental prosthetics will be made in-house as well.
Benefits of in-house lab
Quick turnaround for many procedures, including denture repairs
Direct communication with the lab regarding the design of many prosthetics
More options and better clinical outcomes for our patients
Some of that “Nerdy” stuff for those that are interested
Fixed Prosthetics / Prosthodontics
Dental crowns and bridges are often referred to as Fixed Prosthodontics. The word “fixed” is used because these replacement teeth are often cemented or screwed in, as is often the case in dental implant situations, as a means of making the prosthetic non-removable from the patient’s mouth
Replace Teeth with something usually made at a Lab
So, Fixed Prosthodontics refers to any replacement teeth that are permanently affixed in the patient’s mouth, whether the prosthetic is restoring the part of the tooth you can see in the mouth, or an entire tooth (or teeth), as is the case with a bridge or multiple different implant situations
A filling just won't do
Thus, we are experts at re-creating the natural shape and anatomy of your original teeth using the support of vital teeth in the mouth or implants placed into the area where a tooth once was.
Many clinical situations
A crown most generally refers to the replacement of the tooth structure that is used in daily function
A bridge refers to the replacement of a missing tooth